Welcome at my website! My name is Rianne Giesen, since June 2009 I am working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Ice and Climate group of the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU), at Utrecht University. Here you can read about my research projects.
Water, Climate and Ecosystems project
Since October 2013 I am working in the 'Water, Climate and Ecosystems' project within the Sustainability theme of Utrecht University. In this project, researchers from various disciplines within the university work together to improve the knowledge of the hydrological cycle on Earth. My aim is to improve the representation of glaciers in the global hydrological model PCR-GLOBWB. This will allow for improved estimates of downstream water availability in the past, present and future.
In June 2009 I started on a project within the ice2sea programme. Ice2sea was funded by the European Union F7 scheme and aimed to improve future projections of the contribution of ice to sea level rise. My project was part of Work Package 5.3 and involved the projection of sea level rise from changes in small glaciers and ice caps in the next 100 years.
My PhD research, which I also carried out at IMAU was concerned with the response of the ice cap Hardangerjøkulen to the climates of the past, present and future. Part of the work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, which is listed here. A complete overview of the project is given in my PhD thesis, which can be downloaded from this page.